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A Passionate Love Affair with a Total Stranger
About the Author. Sign up to the Penguin Newsletter For the latest books, recommendations, offers and more. Please enter an email. Please enter a valid email address. Thank you for signing up to the Penguin Newsletter Keep an eye out in your inbox. Subscription failed, please try again. Initially, I thought the book will revolve around Charley winning over William, her desperate attempts to find The One and of course, kick arse at her job. Well, you'll be surprised that, in fact, this is just a few key parts of the book.
Once you get reading, you'll find out that the book does have a proper message in it, which is, finding love through online dating but some people are not what they seem when you meet in the cyberworld. I loved the heroine, Charley, a lot. Mainly because I would like to be so proficient and good at my job.
But no one likes a workaholic, I'm sure. Sadly, she is one, she deals with her problems by working. Work, I mean, she's practically a machine, I tell you. For me, Charley started off as a strong, "Amazon" lady, rising to six feet with killer legs. Lucy describes her as a stunning, tall lady but instead, ironically, carries herself as a lanky night stalker. Sorry, Lucy. You're cool with this, eh? But as the story progresses, Charley starts to realise what she really wants in life and that's a wonderful story to read.
I adored her friend and housemate, Sam! He's such a wonderful male friend as he may seem scruffy and unruly but has a golden heart! He helped Charley during her recovery from her broken leg - cook for her, be there for her, support her.
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If only guys like him do exist. The pace of the book was what I needed. It was fast, upbeat and well-planned. It was the perfect pick-me-up for me as it gave me the joyous boost, a reason to laugh and of course, enjoy what Lucy had to offer. It was mighty good and it reminded me why I loved Lucy's debut novel so much - nostalgia. Some parts of the novel made me cackling like an evil witch with a drinking problem and some parts made me want to give Charley a massive hug! Verdict: Overall, the book was a fantastic read. I loved it and managed to finish it in 2 days. I stayed up both nights and read it till the crack of dawn.
That's how good it is!
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It was what modern women's fiction should be - funny, light, fluffy and can I say downright hilarious? Well, because the way Lucy writes, it is like she's sharing her anecdotes and persuade you to follow her characters' stories. I loved it as it was cleverly written and achingly funny, what else do you expect from a Marie Claire blogger? Feb 03, Tracey Jarvis rated it liked it. Charley Lambert is a chronic over-achieving workaholic.
A Passionate Love Affair with a Total Stranger
Free time is anathema to her - every moment has to be filled with culturally enriching activities or exercise. She shares a flat with Sam, a womanising aspiring actor she has known since her university days and has a fabulously eccentric family to support her. When Charley breaks her leg in three places, sees her boss - subject of her embarrassing crush - propose to another woman,and has to hand her beloved job over to her odious deputy, she is bereft. Charley decided from her sick bed, that she'll start up a business helping hapless internet daters connect with each other.
When one of her clients asks her to start e-mailing William on her behalf, Charley finds herself falling in love. A Passionate Love Affair Lucy Robinson's characters are well rounded and highly believable and are also the type of people you would want to be friends with. I did enjoy it and tore through it at a very fast pace. Charley is by turns annoying and strangely vulnerable making you sympathise with her while simultaneously giving her a good shake.
If you are reading a chick lit novel, then you are probably not expecting the author to reinvent the literary wheel. But if you are looking for a fun read that will entertain and engage you, A Passionate Affair Jun 30, Rupali rated it it was amazing. Loved it! Absolutely loved it! Jan 30, LeeLeeLoves rated it really liked it. This is a love story with a twist and without giving away the entire plot which is rather expansive for a story of love I can say that you will be guessing more or less until the end. You just couldn't predict exactly what is going to happen like you can with so many generic love stories.
As an outlet and use of her newly found free time, Charley sets up a business as a ghost writer for people who are terrible at trying to be romantic but want to meet people via online dating.
The business is going really well, but when you start to fall for one of your clients love interests it can never be good. How can she communicate with William as herself and not Shelley her hopeless romantic of a client without breaking all the rules of her new business?
Throughout the story I could never trust John, her love interest of seven years and boss at the big corporate pharmaceutical firm she works for. He seemed a little sleazy to me and like he was always up to no good. This is the first book I have read by Lucy Robinson and I really enjoyed it, so much that I would like to read her previous novel to see if it is as enjoyable as this one was.
I read this book over 3 days commuting to work and back, I even found myself spending my lunch hour sneaking in more as I was eager to know what was going to happen next. Dec 21, MyGoodBookshelf rated it it was amazing Shelves: netgalley-early-reads , fiction , chicklit-romance. This novel tells the story of Charley Lambert, a complete workaholic and go-getter who likes to be in control of every aspect of her life- until an event forces her to slow down and take a step back from the day job.
Laid up in bed with a broken leg and pelvis, a frustrated Charley can only watch as her high-powered career is micro-managed by her work nemesis Margot, and as the man of her dreams and her boss , marries another woman. Desperate for another project to channel her energies into, Ch This novel tells the story of Charley Lambert, a complete workaholic and go-getter who likes to be in control of every aspect of her life- until an event forces her to slow down and take a step back from the day job.
Desperate for another project to channel her energies into, Charley takes a step into the online dating world, by managing an online venture called 'First Date Aid'- ghost-writing emails for clients unlucky in love and without the time or wit to write their own responses.
Helped by her flatmate and best friend Sam, one of Charley's crucial assignments is in ensuring the handsome Doctor William falls for lovelorn Shelley, but after exchanging a few emails with William herself, Charley realises that she too, is in danger of falling in love with him In this romantic comedy of errors, there were some great characters who I completely adored- from Charley's madcap family to her cast of friends.
The writing is pacey and the dialogue engaging, which ensured I was drawn into the story from the start. There were also some fantastic little twists that I didn't see coming at all, which made sure the plot stayed fresh and exciting. The premise itself was a great one- I have friends who have tried online dating themselves and it has made me think who is at the other side of that computer screen! The main message that I took away from this book though, like Charley, is that it is immeasurable to really assess the important things in life and what makes you happy.
Without giving away any spoilers, I loved the small incidents in this book that forced her to take a look at herself and whether or not her work and relationship was satisfying her. She undergoes a real journey in this book and though she is not without her flaws she can be a little bit self-obsessed for one thing I really liked getting to know her. These sort of romance novels are few and far between in my opinion: the believable kind that leave you with a big smile on your face and feeling all gooey and fuzzy inside once you've finished reading them, which I definitely did when I got to the last page of this one.
I read A LOT of chick-lit, but this is definitely one of my top contenders for my favourite romance novels read in , which is quite a high accolade. It's also safe to say after picking this one up, that I will definitely be reading more books by Lucy Robinson in future. Feb 02, Michelle Geaney rated it it was amazing. This book hits the spot!!!
I received this book courtesy of RealReaders. A passionate Love affair with a total stranger by Lucy Robinson and published by Penguin is a genuinely funny work of Fiction. The story revolves around Charley, a thirty odd year old workaholic who really lives life in the fast lane. Suddenly, she is forced to fill her time after breaking her leg and has a go at ghostwriting for Internet daters. It's a very well written book with laugh out loud moments peppered in along the way.
I was really looking forward to sitting down with it and it never disappointed. I've really tried to get away from reading this type of book lately Maybe the long catchy title Either way I'll admit that I kind of enjoyed this one. It really was laugh out loud funny, predictable at times but funny nonetheless.
At one point I found myself asking "does this stuff really happen to people? The writing was pretty decent. Something about being written and edited in British English makes it seem a little more sophisticated, even for a beach read. One day this will make a hilarious rom com. Not That Great This book had a lot of hype. It was the number one best seller in the UK digital books.
For me it was just so-so. The story had appeal and of course a happy ending. I think it was the development of the main character that didn't ring true. How can a so-called Scottish Amazon be such a wimp? This weakness ruined the book for me. Weakly recommended. Apr 06, Malak Halabi rated it liked it. It is a nice book especially at parts. But as a whole it is not the kind of books that enslave you completely. But it is worth reading, it will make you laugh and question your whole attitude with perfection and reaching it and the famous question of what is happiness after all?
Feb 01, Lauren rated it really liked it. Really like this book, kept me gripped the whole way through and enjoyed it. I only gave it 4 though as the ending was very quick and abrupt and I wanted more. Otherwise was really good. Apr 24, Aneesa rated it it was amazing Shelves: lovedit , absolutefav , romance , coverlove , favourites , wishlist , books , i-need-it , i-want-it , chick-lit.
I love this book, its exactly what you need after a long day. Jan 12, Madeline Toy rated it it was amazing. Apr 07, Cristina rated it liked it Shelves: chick-lit , epistolary-form. Pretty boring, to be honest. Jun 04, Steph rated it liked it. I did like this book. It was rather enjoyable if a tad predictable at times. It didn't have me enthralled that I couldn't wait to pick it up again n keep reading,it was too slow for that. I would read a bit n then get kinda bored but it did gradually pick up,when Charley started being a nicer person I think.
Charley wasn't always the nicest character and I hated the way she let Margot walk all over her,yea she had her backed into a corner but she did nothing to help herself. The whole John debacl I did like this book. The whole John debacle was a sham really, I had guessed what was happening there! I grew to like Sam,when he started to improve himself a bit and showed that he wasn't as pathetic a creature as he made out.
The other characters were only blowing in and out so nothing much to them. It was a nice enjoyable read of which I give it 3 and a half stars. Sep 30, Monica Miller rated it really liked it. Such a refreshing read! I expected nothing but a fun, easy chick-flick, and it was what I needed. Charlotte Lambert is a businesswoman, she's organised, neat and effective, and her entire life is her job.
So when she has an accident that makes her stay in bed, she realizes that life is so much more than work. Dangerously bored, she starts helping people who are talentless at internet dating. Then William arrives in her inbox and rocks her world.
Helpless, she watches herself fall in love with him and discovers she's not who she thought she was. But can she turn her back on her old life - all for a total stranger? A Passionate Love Affair with a Total Stranger has so many elements that I love: amusing characters, a fun storyline and a romance that I was totally rooting for at the mere hint of suggestion. Charley Lambert is our main narrator, and I simply adored her!
Sure, there were times when I mentally yelled at her for being too much: too stubborn, too obsessed with work, too obsessed with being perfect. Apart from those bits, Charley is engaging and funny, witty and clever and a bit of a go-getter. She loves her family and her friends, takes good care of herself and really goes through a surprisingly introspective journey with this novel. But Charley is not the only character that I loved. The sheer variety of these characters could potentially have meant they were left unexplored and shallowly characterized, but thankfully, that is very much not the case!
They were seriously a charming, riotous, fun bunch, with a few jerk exceptions.
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